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1 day workshop

Are you are interested in exploring a unique method for producing a printing plate? 'Cliché Verre' is a little known historic technique to make multiple prints of your hand drawn negatives that would be both unique and beautiful.

You will be able to play with textures, line drawing and painting onto glass or clear film and either work from your own source materials, directly from your sketchbooks, the landscape or set up a sill life to work from. You can combine photographic elements with the hand drawn.

Once your Cliché Verre plates are ready you will have the option to either print from your negatives using Cyanotype, single colour Carbon or Silver Gelatine methods to print an edition of your images. 


£90 + VAT per person for a group workshop for one day, which includes materials. Numbers of participants are limited to 4.

Individual tuition is £250 + VAT per day.


Dates on request. 


The French term Cliché Verre literally means glass negative and is simply a hand drawn negative that can be used to reproduce your image using any number of photographic techniques. 

As far back as 1835 William Henry Fox Talbot (the inventor of modern day photography) employed this process in his work. A number of individuals through history have claimed priority over the technique and though it is not well known as a process, it has been and continues to be used by artists who like to experiment with print methods to achieve a wide range of effects. The process involved with drawing an image onto a glass or transparent plastic substrate is much the same as one would create an image onto an etching plate prior to placing it in acid. The technique is immediate and flexible and images can be corrected and changed at any time in the process.

Examples here range from Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) and Henry Holmes Smith (1909 - 1986) in the 20th century and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 - 1875) in the 19th century. 

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